Warning: Contains spoilers about the entire Legend series
I finished the Legend series by Marie Lu a few weeks ago and have been meaning to post a series roundup for, like I did for Twilight, for a while now.
This review will contain spoilers about the entire series, so if you haven’t started it or finished it, I suggest you stop reading.
The Legend series sat on my tbr list for a while and most of it was due to a few bad reviews I saw about the first book in the series, Legend. When I rejoined the library last year, it was the first book I picked up.
I’m glad I took the risk because it’s on par with Divergent as my favourite series now and I’m gonna tell you why.
Marie Lu’s world building is by far the best I’ve ever come across. It’s so intricate and I felt like I was there.
What was even better is that it didn’t feel forced or like she was spending too much time going into detail about the surroundings, it just worked.
Ross City sounded beautiful and I want to go to her version as I imagine the real Ross City is considerably less colourful.
All three books had exciting and unpredictable plots that dragged me in from the first page and didn’t let go until the end.
As you may have heard me say before I do like books in a series to stand up on their own and I think all three do.
Though there is a bigger plot throughout the series, each book has its own problems which are ‘solved’ by the end of the book, so we aren’t left waiting for the next installment to find out how it ends.
The best example of a book that doesn’t do that for me, is The Elite, it doesn’t solve any issues and pushes the result of the selection into the next book, The One.
The pacing was perfect and I honestly didn’t feel that any parts were moving too slow or too fast. In short, this series is written very well.
Characters + character development
I really enjoy getting to the end of a series and looking back on what the characters were like at the start of the first book.
All of the characters were well built, June and Day especially and they went through a huge amount of development during the trilogy. Who would have ever imagined that Day would support Anden when they read Legend? Certainly not me.
As well as doing a cracking job of character development, Lu also changed my opinion on Anden.
In the first book I didn’t like him, he came across as a posh, creepy Daddy’s boy, but my opinion of him really changed in Prodigy and Champion and I grew to like him. Shall I let you in on a little secret? I think I’m Team Anden.
Even the minor characters were interesting and had their own story, like Thomas: he was an interesting character and I liked that we got to learn more about him as the series went on. When I read Legend I thought he was going to be a good guy and maybe even form a love triangle. Boy was I wrong.
The way Lu kept Metias’ character involved throughout the series was very clever considering he dies during the first few pages. You feel his presence throughout the book and you get to learn more about him which is nice, especially considering he did start it all.
When I reviewed Legend I complained that June and Day’s inner monologue was similar and at times it was easy to forget which POV you were reading. Throughout Prodigy and Champion especially, I didn’t find that to be a problem and their ‘voices’ became quite different and easy to distinguish.
I also moaned about their age. Both characters are around 15-16 but to me they came across as 18-19 and that’s certainly how I viewed them in my head, especially in Champion. Age is a strange thing in books.
Day and June’s romance is really interesting, it’s not straight forward and they have a lot of issues to try and overcome.
I think what I liked most about their romance was that it smouldered throughout the series but I don’t think it every became more important than the plot, which is refreshing.
While I enjoyed their romance, I get why they would struggle to make it work and again it was refreshing to see a romance that wasn’t straightforward because they had so many serious issues to work through.
As I mentioned earlier I developed a bit of a soft spot for Anden, especially when June and Anden travelled to Antartica and we saw his vulnerable side. I was happy at the end when we learn that June and Anden became an item but I was sad to learn they broke up and I can again see why it wouldn’t really work.
Series endings are difficult, they have to live up to a lot of expectations and you’ll never be able to please everyone.
I was really happy with the end of Champion and I enjoyed that it was kind of open and we were left to make our own mind up about whether June and Day would have remained friends or developed a romantic relationship again.
The ending really wrapped everything up and I enjoyed the way Lu described the 10 years passing. The one that really got me was June’s first birthday without Ollie, OLLIE SHOULD HAVE LIVED FOREVER! *Sobs*
The ending wrapped everything well and I think it was a satisfying end to the series.
In short: I loved the Legend series and has replaced The Hunger Games as my second favourite series.
I read that the rights to the film have been bought however its not in production yet, I really hope it becomes a film because I’d love to see this series brought to life on the big screen. Though they better not butcher it the way Divergent was butchered, still unhappy about that.
What did you think of the Legend series?